Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg and Bill Fennelly both have offices in the Sukup Basketball Facility. Perhaps, that close proximity has the two Cyclone coaches sharing notes.Their game plans are pretty similar in that both programs take and make a lot of three-point field goals. The Cyclone men are ranked sixth nationally (9.2 per game) and the women’s team is 19th-best in the NCAA (7.8 per game) in three-point makes per game. The only other school with both programs ranking in the NCAA’s Top 20 for three-point baskets per game is Creighton. The Bluejays are tied for first in the men’s rankings (9.6 per game) and second in the women’s stats (9.1 per game). Making long-range shots has long been a staple of Fennelly’s program. His teams have led the Big 12 in three pointers in 15 of the 16 seasons since the league started. Hoiberg’s club is on pace to top the conference in three-point shots for the third year in a row. Another similarity between the two programs is that they’re winning. With a combined record of 26-7 overall and 7-3 in Big 12 play, Iowa State is off to a great start. Three-point success and winning go hand-in-hand and if you’re a shooter, the welcome mat is here at Iowa State.
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